transforming a garden into a cultural destination


RAFT collaborated with Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Hood Design on the rehabilitation of the garden at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum.

The historic garden, originally built for Andrew Carnegie, was constructed for residential use rather than as a thriving civic space. RAFT developed high performance turf, suspended pavements, and engineered soils to allow the landscape to support the increased visitorship and new programming targets for this cherished garden. The reconstruction included realization of The Rockery, an incomplete feature from the original Schermerhorn design. RAFT composed this feature in the field using Manhattan schist boulders salvaged from the site.